King Cornet

Discussion in 'Horns' started by Diggerbarnes, Jan 4, 2017.

  1. Diggerbarnes

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    I am just learning to play the trumpet, just basic stuff at the moment but I can knock out a mean version of twinkle twinkle little star. My 8 year old daughter is wanting to learn with me but is struggling with the size of the trumpet. I don't want to buy her own instrument as yet because as 8 year old son tend to do, she may decide it's not for her next week. My plan therefore is to buy a cornet as i fancy one anyway and she can practice on that.

    Anyway in my ignorance I was hoping for some adevice. Don't want to spend a lot but also don't want to buy a piece of crap. I fancy a king cornet and have seen a couple of seconds hand ones that appeal. A king cornet opus 7 (which unfortunately is not in the original case) and a king cornet 605. Both are are round £150/200. Any thoughts or advice on these or any others welcome. Thanks in advance
     
  2. J. Jericho

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    Welcome to TrumpetMaster!

    The 600 Series Kings are student horns. Intonation is passable, sound is a bit bright, but they are sturdy and durable. The Opus 7 was top of the line when it was produced, and the sound is delicious. Intonation can be close to irredeemable. It is built well, but the factory neglected to do a lot of the expected finishing touches one would expect to find in a professional quality horn. These problems can be overcome (See Brassreview.com).

    IMO if the 605 and the Opus 7 are in comparable excellent condition, the 605 is overpriced, and the Opus 7 is a fair deal. I would not put an Opus 7 in the hands of an 8-year-old. Any 600 series would serve you both well at this point in your development, but I'd search for a better price than the range you have given.
     
  3. Dale Proctor

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    Yes, if they are the same price, the Opus 7 is by far the better deal. If it's in good condition, I'd snatch it up in a minute for that price.

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  4. veery715

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    I love a carefully calibrated bore size!!!
     
  5. Diggerbarnes

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    Thank, great advice. I do fancy the opus 7. Why would you say not to put it in the hands of an 8 year old? Is it because they would find it hard to play or simply because they would wreck it?
     
  6. veery715

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    I missed the "plushier!" Man that's some horn. Or is it an easy chair?
     
  7. J. Jericho

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    The Opus 7 is for someone who has developed an appreciation for the finer things in life and who would take particularly good care of it. It's not a toy for a young kid whose latest interest happens to be to play the trumpet. You know your daughter better than I do; if she meets the qualifications, buy the horn.
     
  8. J. Jericho

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    Trust me; it's a good description.
     
  9. BrassBandMajor

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    Trust me OP, the man knows what he is saying. I started on a crappy Chinese Yamaha and it took me 7 years to get a professional instrument in my hands.
     
  10. Diggerbarnes

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    OK. I guess you are right. I suppose I just wanted the opus 7. Might buy it anyway. With my daughter in mind I can buy a brand new sontana student cornet for 125 pounds which seems to have decent reviews (relatively of course). Thanks for all the advice
     

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